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at the use of domestic drums. republican senator tom coburn on the anti-tax pledge signed by many gop members of congress. >> it was about those men and women who are almost mortally injured and more. who because of the huge advances that have been made and medical trauma treatment over the last 10 years, now they are being saved. an incredible number of being saved. almost everybody who follows on the battlefield is being saved. i wanted to write about what life was like for these people. i started out with the question having seen some people who were pretty, pretty gruesomely maimed , wouldn't it be better off if they were dead? .we wish that they were dead? >> the senate education committee heard from college presidents today about ways to control tuition costs. educators are michigan, iowa, indiana and florida testified from us two hours. >> senate committee on health education committee and labour pensions will come to order. as we approach the start of the academic year, many students and families are struggling to pay the estimated cost of college. during the difficult economic times,
on that which unites us, we're unstoppable. happy birthday, america. that's "hardball" for now. thank you for being with us. "the ed show" starts right now. >>> good evening. prices are falling and republicans are scrambling to find a new reason to pin the blame on president obama. i'm taking the hot air coming out of the right wing. >> just from a political perspective, do you think the united states wants the gas prices to go up higher? i want to get them lower because they hurt families. >> gs prices are plummeting just before the fourth of july. and the right wing talking point has been blown to bits. >> that's almost double under this president. >> gasoline prices nearly doubling since president obama took office. >> is it enough to derail his return to the office? >> it better be. >> the commissioner mark shelton will join me with the real reason prices are so low. and bob shrum joins me with the politics. >>> congressman joe walsh says iraq war veteran tammy duckworth is not a real hero. >> that's all she talks about. our true heroes are men and women who served us, that's the last
's "hardball" for now. thanks for being with us. "the ed show" with ed schultz starts right now. >>> good evening, americans. welcome to "the ed show" from new york. 111 days until the 2012 election, and mitt prromney is ready to dig up the dirt and go personal on the president. in the words of a former president, bring it on. this is "the ed show." let's get to work. >> he tries to divide america, tear america apart. >> they tested the waters yesterday. today, the romney camp is diving in. >> light our hair on fire then. >> they'll step up their personal attacks on the president to try to dodge the tax issue. i'll ask bob shrum and richard wolffe if it has any chance of working. >> to say that steve jobs didn't build apple computer or that bill gates didn't build microsoft or henry ford didn't build ford motor company -- >> mitt romney adopts the fox news lie about the president's small business comment. >> a lot of people were waiting for that to come out. >> and then agrees with the full context otthe president's comment on small business. >> by the way, there are a lot of people in go
we'll look back at the life of andy griffith. good to have you with us. thanks for watching. millions of americans are going to be traveling over the next few days and we're going to by wi buying a lot of gas. republicans wanted to celebrate the fourth of july by hammering president obama over rising gas prices. it isn't working out the way they hoped. today, the national average for a gallon of gasoline is $3.33. it's the lowest price per gallon since last december. over the last three months, gas prices have fallen from a national high of $3.92 back in april. in some southern states in this country, the average cost is already below $3 a gallon. all of a sudden, what's that noise? i can't hear it. it's because the republicans are all of a sudden quiet about energy policy. you see, they were making all kinds of noise about high gas prices back in the spring. leaders of congress, the presidential candidates, and the right-wing media all over this president, saying he's the problem. putting the blame on president obama. >> since this president has been president, the cost of
case scenario for all of us in the region is when you get full-out civil war, there is no coming back. if it breaks down, if civil order breaks down to the point of no return, then it will take years to fix syria. and i have a feeling that we're seeing the signs of that over the past three weeks. the only people that can bring us back from that brink is obviously the president and the regime. and i believe this is the last chance that they have. >> my exclusive interview with king abdullah will air during our next hour during our 5:00 p.m. eastern hour here in "the situation room." you're going to want to hear what he has to say about syria a lot more detail. also, we spoke about mitt romney and barack obama in the interview. he's got some serious thoughts about these two individuals. >>> let's get to the presidential race right now. in today's republican triple play in ohio, not only is mitt romney campaigning there, so are two men getting mentioned, lots of mentions in fact, as possible running mates. the louisiana governor, bobby jindal, and the former florida governor, jeb bush. c
enough for spending this me with us. the most important thing about tonight's event is all of you and everyone watching on c-span. what i hear you both saying is that it's up to us to continue to build a movement, a very ordinary american, that can restructure the process, that can create a new culture, that can create a new space for innovation and make some new demands. and i feel very energized by our dialogue tonight and i can't thank you both enough for being here. we'll see everyone else at the next politics for the people. thank you so much. >> thank you. >>> next on c-span3, a senate judiciary subcommittee hearing on racial profiling in the u.s. then female nobel prize winners discuss women's rights and peacemaking. after that, young female activists speak out about efforts to advance women's issues. and later, tea party activist c.l. bryant discusses why he left the democratic party. with congress on break this week, we're featuring american history tv's weekend programs in primetime on c-span3. tonight we look at the legacy of watergate on the 40th anniversary of the bre
labott is joining us live with the very latest. bulgarians are of course investigating. i'm sure the israelis are as well. first of all, what are the bulgarians saying? >> reporter: well, wolf, forensic investigators on the scene. it's all very preliminary at this point, but they're saying that this was caused by a bus bomb already placed inside the bus. that's really all they know, but they're not ruling anything out. they say it's possibly a terrorist attack. obviously the israelis saying they're sure of it. but bulgarians not ruling anything in, not ruling anything out at this point, wolf. >> didn't take very long for the prime minister of israel, benjamin netanyahu to directly blame iran for this attack. >> reporter: that's right. a short time ago prime minister netanyahu, wolf, put out a statement saying all signs are leading to iran, his defense minister just spoke to reporters a short time ago. let's take a listen to what he said. >> this is clearly a terrorist attack initiated by hezbollah, hamas, jihad or any other group under the terror of iran or other radical muslim g
is very important. every ounce of evidence will help us hold this person accountable. was very high priority and i'm so grateful we had the bomb professionals from the feds and local agencies to help us do that. >> gregg: ascam live in aurora with the latest. >> reporter: we are learning new information about the suspect. we got a chance to get upright about ten feet of the building itself. it's the last building people are not allowed back in. authorities are going in and out. they say the investigation completed but at the same time they have cleanup and dangerous materials they say in fact. potentially materials that might contaminate people in the area. they want to get that cleaned up and secure the apartment. glass is still broken out. so until that is done people will not be allowed back into the apartment complex where james holmes lived on the third floor. there is still glass broken and stuff on the ground. they took a lot of explosive materials out and the dump truck was filled with sand to make the easier to unload it all and burn it. back here there is still small remna
, this is a guy who admitted to cocaine use, had a sweetheart deal with his house in chicago and was associated and worked with rod blagojevich to get valerie jaret appointed to the senate. there will be counter attacks. now we understand why romney attack dog john sununu went on fox news and called obama a pot head from hawaii. >> he has no idea how the american system functions. wetient be surprised about that because he spent his early years in hawaii smoking something, spent the next set of years in indonesia. >> drug use, allegations, and tony resco, all that stuff, they're not the only old tricks pulls from the hat. joe arpaio was putting birtherism back in the news cycle. >> we believe that the certificate presented to the american public by the white house is a forgery. >> well, sheriff joe isn't part of the romney campaign, but that didn't stop romney surrogate donald trump from tweeting today. as i always said, the birthers were after the truth. thanks to sheriff joe. they're banking that they're not going to believe or know who the president of the united states is and they have some
. >> gregg: tell us more about exclusive story? >> it came out this morning. very interesting details about the lead valley gun raping, a private gun range, in the denver metro you're, the suspect james holmes apparently called there of this gun range. people taking advantage of the gun range, apparently the suspect james holmes he called and left an odd message on the answering machine. they say he was rambling, he may have been acting but very weird. he contacted them again and sent his application. when he got the application it seemed pretty normal, other than his mother lived in san diego but they flagged it and told all the employees when this man comes in, we want to know more about him. come get me in the back room. he would never come in to officially do that. friday morning when the owner of the gun range woke up, his wife woke up and put two and two together, it was obvious that he knew exactly who he was. he was man that he told his employees to flag and went over very closely before he joined the range which he never did. >> gregg: adam, we'll check back with you. >> arthel: we
overdrive and arms his opponent, mitt romney, with new political ammunition to use against him. look at this. unemployment is stuck at 8.2%. and only 80,000 jobs added in june. the numbers are even worse when you look at minorities. we're covering all sides of this dramatic political story. our own dan lothian and dana bash, they are both standing by live. but first cnn's poppy harlow breaks down the numbers. >> hi there, wolf. i think the headline for this jobs report is disappointing. only 80,000 jobs created in the month of june. unemployment stays at 8.2%. we need to be creating somewhere between 300,000 and 400,000 jobs a month pretty consistently to bring that rate down. issues here 12.7 million americans still unemployed in this country. 5.4 million of them have been out of work for six months or longer. the longer you're out of work, the longer it takes you to find a job. that is a problem. also very key here. 2.5 million people are not counted in this unemployment rate at all. they can work, but they have stopped looking for work. so they're not counted in the unemploy
's disappointing overall and even more troubling for african-americans. plus, a u.s. veteran who lost both legs in iraq now embroiled in a rather nasty house race against an incumbent who first suggested she's not a true war hero. tammy duckworth is here in "the situation room" to respond. >>> also, a millionaire's apparent suicide just seconds after he's convicted of arson. what may have caused this shocking end to a life seemingly spinning out of control? >>> and great white shark spottings heightened. fears along the cape cod area. our own brian todd is on a boat with experts trying to track them down. i'm wolf blitzer, you're in "the situation room." >>> right now a disappointing jobs report kicks off day two of president obama's bus tour into overdrive and arms his opponent, mitt romney, with new political ammunition to use against him. look at this. unemployment is stuck at 8.2%. and only 80,000 jobs added in june. the numbers are even worse when you look at minorities. we're covering all sides of this dramatic political story. our own dan lothian and dana bash, they are both standing by
. agriculture secretary tom vilsack will join us from his crisis meeting with the president. >>> tipping point in syria. three of assad's top defense officials are killed in bombings in damascus. >> this is a situation that is rapidly spreading out of control. >>> plus, bush unplugged. 43 on life then and now. >> eight years was awesome, and you know, i was famous and i was powerful, but i have no desire for fame and power anymore. >>> and jon stewart defends the boss against the brits. >> you keep your voice down! ♪ >> keep it down! >> the queen is never coming to new jersey. >> jon stewart is from new jersey. good day, i'm andrea mitchell live in new york today. in our daily fix, the romney campaign is escalating its attacks opt obama with a new ad and in ohio, where the candidate will be campaigning later today, but the romney offensive still hasn't quieted a growing chorus of republicans calling on romney to release his tax returns. chris cillizza is an msnbc contributor and managing editor of post politics.com, mr. fix. well, this whole tax return issue is not going away. mitt romney ha
.org is asking what romney is hiding. >> what doesn't he want us to know? the felony he may have committed about his role at bain. we understand, mitt, sometimes the truth is tricky. tricky, mitt. he's not a crook, right? >> and the democratic national committee using romney's words to hit the message home. >> governor, will you release your tax records? >> if that is the tradition, i'm not opposed to doing that. most likely, i'll get asked to do that in the april time period. i'll keep that open. >> let's say good morning to the political power panel. joy reed, david goodfren and alice stort. it is great to have you here. alice, i want to start with you, romney did an interview yesterday. he was asked about the tax returns. >> people in my party say release the returns and it will go away. my experience is the democratic party has approached taxes in a different way than in the past. opposition people look for anything they can find to distort and twist and try to make negative. >> alice, you were the national press secretary for rick santorum. to release his tax returns during the primary seas
that chris christie will not be the running mate? >> the first thing it tells us is that chris christie isn't going to be the running mate. look, i think what it tells us is they understand that chris christie is a powerful force within this party. he is someone who kind of has the charisma, the zeal that mitt romney to be frank lacks. i think they want to elevate chris christie. one other thing about chris christie i think gets lost in this, he is the speak truth to power guy, the i'm going to tell it how it is. he is also a governor elected in 2009 in a blue state. let's not lose sight of that, either, the messaging it sends that republicans can and do win in states that tend to go to democrats on the presidential level. assuming that jamie's reporting is right, i have no reason to believe it isn't -- >> jamie's reporting is always dead on. take it from me. >> i believe that christie is an intriguing and probably a great pick. i think he's going to draw a huge amount of attention and he will use this, christie will use this i think to launch himself even higher in kind of the national str
's vital for us to help them. you know, when a young man or young woman who deserves to go to college doesn't because they can't afford it, they lose, their family loses, and our country loses as well. when a young person goes to the college they shouldn't really go to because they can't afford the college they deserve to go to and want to go to, they lose, their family loses, and america loses. and so it's been a passion of mine that we give the middle class, not just the poor but the middle class as well, help in paying for college because it is so expensive but it is so important. and so we have in law now something called the child -- the american opportunity tax credit. it's legislation i wrote. it helped 9.1 million 235e78s get a -- families get a tax break on their children's college tuition last year. because of the american opportunity tax credit, more parents and students now qualify for tax relief to pay for college expenses, not just for two years but for a whole four years of study. it gives a $2,500 tax credit right off your taxes to families whose income is up to $180,000 a y
. >> brown: the troubles with the u.s. economy-- and the possible fallout-- were on full display today. a task force report told of states facing ever-deeper budget holes. but the chairman of the federal reserve withheld any promise of immediate help. ben bernanke came before the senate banking committee acknowledging that the economy has suffered a series of setbacks. a slump in hiring and job growth, a slow down in manufacturing activity can reduce spending by consumers. while fighting the trend, the fed chair would not commit on if or when the central bank might act again to boost growth. >> we're looking very carefully at the economy, trying to judge whether or not the loss of moment actual we've seen recently -- momentum we've seen recently is enduring and whether or not the economy will make progress to lower unemployed and more satisfactory labor market conditions. if that does not occur, obviously we have to consider additional steps. >> senators from the two parties pushed bernanke in opposing directions. tennessee republican said the fed should take no new steps leaving it in
's policy has been to drive up the cost of energy so americans would use less of it. >> president obama was even asked about this conspiracy during a live news conference in march. >> critics will say on capitol hill that you want gas prices to go higher because you have said before that will wean the american people off fossil fuels onto renewable fuels. how do you respond. >> just from a political perspective, do you think the president of the united states going into election wants gas prices to go up higher? is there anyone here who thinks that makes sense? >> no sense at all, but right wingers still repeated it as long as gas prices were high. if the gas bags paid any attention at all to the actual economic reports, they would have known how far off base they were. in the beginning of may, economists were reporting gas prices had peaked at $128 a barrel. the trend was already moving in the other direction, but of course, republicans continued to blame the president for having sinister motivations. remember, the keystone pipeline, son of a gun, we can't get low prices unless we have
romney willing to show is us the money? let's see why he is so qualified based on his declaration that he is a very good businessman. let's see it, mitt. >> let's see what carl had to say on "morning joe" about this. >> to quote a book title, i think romney's taxes are a game changer. it is extraordinary to have someone running for president that won't show his tax returns. he will have to show them. >> washington post abc poll asked about the handling of the campaign and how they are dealing with it. 20% of the republicans have an unfavorable view. independents said unfavorable more than favorable. could this be what sinks his presidential ambitions? >> i think it is extraordinary that this is a controversy mitt romney's doing. republicans will only go so far about his economic success because it is fundamental to their believes. he has waited until the summer when the news cycle is slower. he has people like us who have nothing more to do than to talk about the campaign other than mitt romney and who he is. we know who barack obama is. he made this issue front and center. it is the only
. for those of us who have had the pleasure and the honor of coming to know ryan well, this latest story is not at all surprising. it actually is quite in keeping with the character and actions of this superb, decent, selfless man, a man who i would call without question or hesitation the most excellent foreign service officer and one of the finest public servants i have ever known. for the past 41 years, ever since he was a junior diplomat serving in prerevolution iran, ryan crocker has consistently answered the call to serve in the most challenging, the most difficult but also the most important posts in the world. they were the places as it turned out where america needed ryan crocker the most, and he has always served with distinction. he was a young officer in lebanon when our embassy was bombed. ryan crocker helped to pull his colleagues from the rubble and then got back to work. he was one of the first civilians into afghanistan and iraq after the recent wars, helping to re-establish our diplomatic presence in both countries after decades. he returned to iraq during the surge, and
opinion. our phone lines are open. you can also join the conversation on our twitter page or send us an email. the question on members' personal health, how much should you know? 202-737-0001 for democrats. 202-737-0002 if you're a republican. you have a line for independents, 202-826-0205. a couple of stories related to this, first from the "chicago sun-times," former representative, now the mayor of chicago, rheaume emanuel, weighing in on all of this, saying don't rush jackson's return to congress. he added his voice, writes the "sun-times" for those representing privacy for an ailment most recently described as a mood disorder, and then poking fun at congress, why should he get back to work, congress does no work. the last time i checked, they had their second repeal of the bill, why rush? the story from the "chicago sun-times." house leaders offering support as jackson jr. treated for a disorder. spoker of the house john baners was asked about it yesterday saying we hope he gets well soon, and frankly, he hopes he gets back soon. the democratic leader in the house is nancy pelos
administrations suggests an answer. he has said regulatory uncertainty is invented by republicans to use current economic problems to support an ajeopardya year in and year out. it is political way. look at what this bill would do. it seems like frankenstein and it is very frightening. the underlying bill would block all efforts to protect public health, safety and the environment until the unemployment rate falls below the figure of 6% and it would impose canses on the government and would put impedements to consent decrees and settlements. nuclear power, the safety of the american public would be put at serious risk. my amendment to attempt to make this bill slightly less of a horror show. the dangers of nuclear power are well known. one accident could doom millions of people. because of the disasters that could happen, regulations to prevent from meltdowns in advance are important. the underlying bill would make it harder to adopt rules and policies. hampering the ability of the n.r.c. to put in safety measures could be devastating. my amendment would free the n.r.c. from the burdens of this
pays for your health care. there has been a study showing how much that dilution costs us. it concluded that the income we lose because our employers taking part of our paid to purchase our health insurance, part of the premium we pay in addition to that, the taxes we pay and our out of pocket costs, the average american family pays $25,000 per year for the illusion that we get free health care. >> essentially, there's a reason for insurance, to protect against catastrophic costs. if you have a heart attack or cancer, you cannot just pay the doctor or the surgery. it is just like homeowners insurance or life insurance or any other insurance. when you prepare routine costs of front, you are paying the insurance company to do it. >> i'm a retired army physician. from your point of view and for your adversaries on the left, when all the dust settles, whatever and wins, what will happen to the military medical care system which includes the hospitals run by the uniformed services as well as the va system? >> i am glad you brought this up. it is little appreciated that one of the fastest-gr
're lucky to have him with us. please join me in welcoming general keith alexander. [applause] [laughter] >> just hide behind the -- well, you know, part of the reason i don't like the publicity is my mother used to say i had a face made for radio. i'm sure you've all heard that before. [laughter] and another comment you could probably add to it is behind every successful army officer is a stunned father-in-law. we have that as well. um, there's a few things that i'd like to talk about today, and i know we're going to have of a small group of about 25-30 people to do that with. and i see that's grown slightly. i'm not a mathematician per se. there are some things that i do want to put on the table for us to discuss, and i know we're going to have a panel that will talk about what we talk about here later in more detail. first, what secretary wolfowitz brought out, i think s absolutely important for our nation. cyber legislation. i think it's important that we talk about this. now, i'm not here to talk about any specific piece of legislation, but i do think it's important that we as a nat
why this is a particularly exciting project for geeks like us. [laughter] you're not include inside that, jeremy. jeremy's the cool reporter person, the rest of us are the political science nerds up here. >> actually, at brookings we consider geek a positive word. [laughter] >> lynn was sort of talking about florida. listen, the fact of the matter is, this is -- it is phenomenally difficult to measure with precision what the effect of advertising is. and the person who bought george w. bush's ads in 2000 always used to say with a big smile on his face that it was the most efficient ad buy in history in florida. he didn't waste a single dollar on florida. now, obviously, with a big smile on his face and joking. what he meant was a little too close for comfort for the bush people, but if you're looking at it as a complete economic efficiency, they didn't waste any money in florida because they won by 530 votes, whatever it was. anything they would have spent more than that would be a waste. but they, obviously, don't think like that. they're obviously not trying to get efficiency in t
you this morning. thank you so much for joining us. mitt romney had a big day up in the hamptons yesterday, big dinner at the koch brothers. price to get in? $50,000 a plate for $75,000 if you came as a couple. imagine that. >> that's more money than most americans make in a whole year. yeah. mitt romney, no man of the people. we will talk about mitt romney where his money and where he has parked it and a lot more on today's big full-court press. first, we go out to the los angeles to get the latest from lease a ferguson. hi, lease a. >> hi, bill. good morning. good morning, everyone. we are keeping an eye on a couple of things going on out of washington today. president obama will call for a one-year extension of the bush-era tax cuts for people making less than $250,000 a year. today's statement will draw -- excuse me -- a hard line between the president and house republicans who plan to vote this month to extend all of those bush era tax cuts permanently for both middle and upper income families. on friday, president obama called out mitt rom
all sides. we're nonpartisan. for us, it's about the agenda. what you plan on doing for our communities. in this case, the problem, and the reason the booing happens in the first place, quite frankly, wasn't because he kritdicized the affordable care act. it's because of his characterization of it using barack obama's name along those lines, seemed very disrespectful. soez those kind of things were very problematic. sure, we disagree with him, and no we don't think they're in the best interest of the naacp or the communities we serve. as a matter of fact, what we did with this particular convention is set our policy, and as the press release said, these policies are in opposition in many cases with the policy positions of the naacp. >> mayor nutter, your city is 44% african-american. 18% of registered african-american voters in philadelphia, they lack a voter id. does mitt romney need to answer for these voter id laws? >> well, if he's running for president of the united states, he should certainly have something to say about it. if he cares about the american right to vote
a look. good morning. thursday, july 12th. mitt romney, staring at the naacp convention. with us former treasury official and "morning joe" economic analyst, steve rattner. the executive editor of bloomberg news, al hunt and rounding out our michael bloomberg hour morning, columnist for bloomberg, margaret carlson. in new york, a man whose company i'm sure will be owned by michael bloomberg, executive editor at random house, "time" magazine contributing editor jon meacham and also editorial writer for "the washington post" and msnbc contributor jonathan capehart. jonathan. >> yeah. >> let's start with you. >> hey, joe. >> mitt romney, at the naacp convention. that just sort of -- like those old reesy's ads, two great tastes that go great together. not a natural audience for mitt romney and it didn't go especially well. why did he do it? >> i mean, i would hope he did it because what he says, you know, looking for every vote possible and wanted to show respect to the community and ask for their votes. but you don't go there and say that you are going to be better for the african-american
it was always pick as many fights as possible. no. i think -- i think you -- wherever you are, you use the event to your advantage and if you're going into a hostile audience -- for me, and i think usually for most politicians, it's to do what tim kaine is doing, by the way, from what i've heard across virginia very well, he's going to all of his enemies first and saying hey, listen, i understand you're not going to be with me, but i'm going to always listen to you. you know, i always would go into neutrals. on this stage, i don't think there was any doubt about it he was playing to conservatives, some would say cynically and he was playing to independents saying, hey, you know, all the stuff you heard about me i only tell people what they want to hear, watch this. and let me give you one more clip, here's mitt romney when he got booed talking about president obama's health care plan. >> i'm going to eliminate every nonessential expensive program i can find, that includes obama care, and i'm going to work to reform and save -- [ boo ] >> of course, steve rattner, throughout the day, mitt romney
. joining us n, jared bernstein, former chief economic adviser to vice president biden, and msnbc contributor. jared, good to see you as always. >> great to see you and great to listen to you. >> tell me if i have it wrong. you're a smart guy. you know how to read this stuff. you've read all of the plans many times. you know the obama administration's policies well. are -- and the bush administration's, for that matter. are there major differences between the bush agenda and philosophy and what mitt romney's proposed here? >> no, if anything, governor romney doubles down. on many of the measures you mentioned. it was interesting, you said one thing that's different is rep l repealing dodd-frank. that's deregulation, right, that's the hair of the dog that bit you, and the amnesia that's setting in vis-a-vis financial markets, by the way, actually, i was struck by sandy weill saying all that stuff that he was partially responsible for, it didn't work, so even some people in the banking sector, greenspan recognized it, so this deregulatory trickle down agenda, i thought it was germa
on average from approximately $55,000 to $50,000. food stamp use, food stamp recipients have increased from 32 million recipients when this administration started in office to 46 million food stamp recipients today. home values have dropped on average from $169,000 to $148,000. the economic growth, economic growth in this recovery is the weakest of any recovery since world war ii. last quarter, our growth was 1.9% versus the prior quarter, 1.9%. job creation last month, 80,000 jobs, but it takes 150,000 jobs gaining every month just to hold even with our population growth, just to start reducing that 8.2% unemployment rate. so the facts, those are the facts. they speak for themselves. you can draw your own conclusion. the president's approach to our economy is making it worse. his fallure to join with us in extending the current tax rates and engage in pro-growth tax reform rather than raising taxes is sitting on our economy like a big, wet blanket. but we can change that. we can change that right now. we do it by extending the current tax rates, the tax rates that have been in effect for t
on it. that's "hardball" for now. thank you for being with us. "the ed show" with ed schultz starts right now. >> good evening americans. wemcome to "the ed show" from new york. the blue birds were out for mitt romney during a speech to the naacp. tonight, i'll show you why he got off easy. this is "the ed show." let's get to work. >> this was perhaps one of the most negative reactions mitt romney has had in the course of his 2012 presidential campaign. >> mitt romney gets booed mercilously for his vision for america. >> i think we expected that, of course. >> tonight, hillary shenten of the naacp, and philadelphia mayor michael nutter on what happens when mitt romney tells the truth. >>> repeal and disgrace. house republicans vote to take health care away from americans. house democratic whip steny hoyer is here with reaction. >> and today, the congressional budget office debunks one of the greatest republican lies ever told. >> unless the president gets off of his absolute obsession with raising taxes -- >> underbarack obama, he has one plan and one plan only. that's to raise ever
the taxes like crazy. we need freedom. >> good to have you with us, folks. thanks for watching. mitt romney spoke to the naacp convention in houston, texas today. he delivered a speech short on specifics and long on tepid generalities. >> some may wonder why a republican would campaign in the african-american community and address the naacp. i hope to address every american of every race, creed, and sexual orientation. from the poorest to the richest and everyone in between. >> romney was greeted with polite applause throughout the speech, and even got some encouraging organ music. >> i can't promise you that i'll agree on every issue, but i do promise that your hospitality to me today will be returned. we will know one another. and we will work to common purpose. >> the audience gave romney their attention and a fair hearing. at the end of the speech, the crowd respectfully offered a standing ovation to the candidate. the attendees gave him some credit for showing up. unlike the previous president, george w. bush, who openly shunned any invitations to the naacp convention. but there was on
the same weapons to use. third thing is when you think about it with 320 million americans in this country it's kind of amazing that this thing, does not happen more often. host: thanks for the call. again this headline from inside the "washington post." the president who was scheduled to travel tot west coast but stops in oregon, seattle, san francisco, and reno for the conventions will be leaving at about noon eastern time today from the white house to head to colorado before resuming his campaign appearances this week. mitt romney is off the campaign trail through the weekend. he is back on the west coast this week with his remarks at the vfw. and then later this week he heads to london for the opening ceremonies of the summer games. he headed up the winter games in salt lake city and then visits to poland and israel. a week long visit by the republican presidential candidate. back to your calls and comments. and the debate which is back front and center on gun control in america. democrat's line. good morning. caller: good morning. my comment about the second amendment rights or any ot
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